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Happy Birthday to me!

By Charlene Rayburn

birthday cake and giftsToday is my birthday. This morning I awoke with an entirely different way of thinking than I have for years. In years past, I would make a decision on my birthday to allow myself to eat whatever I wanted for the day, then tomorrow start my diet.

Each year, I was determined to give myself the gift of health. By my next birthday, I was going to be lean, strong and in shape! It is a worthy goal, and I give myself a pat on the back for it. But, I was never successful. So, the same resolution would be made the next year, and the next. (I also made these resolutions on New Year’s Day.) I’d try again and again and again. Honestly, I also give myself credit for never giving up on my dream. So the last diet didn’t work, I’d try a new one. It had a new twist, maybe this time I could be strong enough to be successful. But, I wasn’t.

acceptance. With Am I Hungry?® I have the new wisdom of the eating cycles, I love what I’m eating and eating what I love (mindful eating is such an act of appreciation for myself and the food that nourishes me), and rather than the strict 2 lbs per week weight loss goal, I have a lovely new sense of purpose…daily life-affirming self-care.

Today, I’m enveloped in gratitude for one of the best gifts I’ve ever received. Happy Birthday to me!

Thank you, Dr. May, for this new perspective and for giving me much to celebrate.

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About the author

Charlene Rayburn, CVCC, lives her passion for mindfulness and intentional leadership by serving as a personal and professional leadership coach, by managing a department of dedicated employees for a Fortune 500 sized health insurance organization, and by facilitating Am I Hungry?® workshops and coaching sessions. She has coached extensively with individuals and groups outside the corporate world, as well as with executives, leaders, and teams in non-profit, private, public, governmental, and educational organizations spanning the globe. Charlene received her coaching certificate through the Center for Coaching Mastery at Coachville, LLC, and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Management from Davenport University. She is a member of the National Management Association. One of her most emotionally challenging and rewarding experiences was serving as a volunteer at the Center for Battered Women. Charlene currently lives in Michigan and enjoys spending time with her husband of over 20 years, reading, learning, cooking, practicing yoga, and watching her grandson grow, who lives with his dad, her stepson in Fort Worth, Texas.

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